I bought Defiance pretty much right when it came out, but didn’t get to it right away. When I finally found it in my TBR stack and read it, I devoured it and mentally slapped myself for not getting to it sooner. So, of course, when Deception arcs started going out, I was dying to get my hands on one. My lovely friend, Jaime, happened to get an extra one and gave it to me.
And gah. It didn’t disappoint. I begged asked C.J. for an interview and she was lovely enough to say yes. But, before we get to her answers, let’s check out the book!
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
Sounds good, right?
1. Where did the idea for Defiance come from?
I’d had the idea of a Leviathon-like creature who lived deep below the earth’s surface in my head for years. One day, I saw a picture of a fortress that reminded me of an old fashioned city-state. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if we lived in city-states again?” and then I thought, “Why would we do that?” And the two ideas collided and became Defiance.
2. You wrote two POVs [yay!]. Who was easier to work with: Logan or Rachel?
Rachel! Logan likes math and science and is excruciatingly logical. I am none of those things. I can’t tell you how many times I had to stop drafting and do an hour’s worth of research just to write two little sentences from his POV because I couldn’t understand his mind without significant help.
3. Tell me about the Cursed Ones. How did they develop as part of the story?
As I mentioned in question 1, they were part of the story from the very start. They’re the reason for the city-states, and are a continued threat (especially as it looks like someone has found a way to weaponize them).
4. Will there be kissing in Deception?
Yes!! Much more than in Defiance.
5. Describe Deception in 5 words.
Speed [ish] round:
1. What is your go-to guilty pleasure thing to eat?
2. What are you reading right now?
I just finished Indelible by Dawn Metcalf. (Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Melissa Marr)
3. Who are your favorite swoony boys?
Book boys? Or Benedict Cumberbatch? ;D
4. Are there any authors that you fangirl over?
Oh yes! Too many to name. I have a lot of faves.
Haven’t had a chance to read C.J.’s books yet? That’s where I come in. I’ve got a paperback copy of Defiance and a hardcover copy of Deception up for grabs. Books will be coming from The Book Depository. The contest is international, as long as TBD ships to you for free.
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